The Hulk in "Leave Me Alone" (Hostess Ads #108)

On a site dedicated to making a wiki history of all things comics, comics ads should not be forgotten. Especially the ads for Hostess Fruit Pies, Twinkies, and other snacks. Starting in 1975, Marvel and DC heroes (and the Harvey,Archie, and Gold Key/Whitman characters as well!) spent seven years throwing Hostess snacks at a bizarre line of villains to stop their crimes. Although many of the villains were completely silly, they were created specifically for these ads, and in many cases, not even the names have been used again, since the ads stopped in mid-1982.

So I thought I'd show an ad here, and make a list of the comics I find it in, as I run across them. This list features: The Hulk in "Leave Me Alone." There are no notes on the Hostess Superhero Advertisements page.

Seanbaby points out this guy's cherry

The Hulk wants to be left alone, and despite having a scientist for an alter ego, he thinks a public park would be the best place for that. It doesn't matter though. He takes some of his rock collection from the Up A Tree ad, and hurls them at the humans to get them to go away. The puny humans win him over with fruit pies though.

An interesting bit about this ad is that in the bottom left panel, the man claims to be holding an apple pie, but is clearly holding a cherry pie. I probably wouldn't have caught this for awhile, if Seanbaby.com hadn't already pointed it out (see their panel at right). Back in the day, this may have earned an observant reader a No-Prize.

You Get A Big Delight In Every Bite <107 (Hostess Treats) 109> Enjoy.

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Posted by lykopis

Ooooh, good catch on the cherry-pie holding liar!!! Also, holy evil and angry faces on the couple, Batman! Is it ageist of me to think they look like grumpy middle-aged harrumphs at first and in the panel showing them happy, they appear like a couple of good-natured college students? Is this what we have to look forward to???

Posted by cbishop

@lykopis: Well, as someone who is supposedly middle aged, I say they look nothing like me! However, yes, they look like adults in some panels, and kids in others.

I can't claim credit for the cherry pie catch though. That's Seanbaby.com- he snarks the hell out of these ads.

Posted by lykopis

I just KNEW you were going to say that (about the middle-age part) however, that is subjective. ;p

Posted by cbishop

@lykopis: It was an easy go-to, what can I say? lol Old dogs and new tricks and all... ;P